Max Aaron

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Max Aaron
Max Aaron - 2013 U.S. Championships.jpg
Aaron during the exhibition gala at the 2013 U.S. Championships
Personal information
Full name Maxwell Theodore Aaron
Country represented United States
Born (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 22)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Home town Scottsdale, Arizona
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Coach Tom Zakrajsek
Becky Calvin
Former coach Julie Patterson
Doug Ladret
Choreographer Lori Nichol
Pasquale Camerlengo
Former choreographer Tom Dickson
Catarina Lindgren
Skating club Broadmoor SC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 238.36
2013 Worlds
Short program 78.32
2014 Worlds
Free skate 162.45
2013 Skate America

Maxwell Theodore Aaron[1] (born February 25, 1992) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 U.S. national champion, the 2011 U.S. national junior champion, and the 2012 and 2013 U.S. International Classic champion.


Early years[edit]

Aaron began skating as a hockey player at age four, and took up figure skating at age nine to improve his skating.[2][3] He competed in the USA Hockey nationals in both 2006 and 2007.[4] In hockey, he played U16 AAA, the highest level for ages 16 and under, and was one of 40 youngsters to make the USA hockey development team in 2007.[2][5] He led his league in goals and penalties for two years.[2]

In figure skating, at the same time, he finished in 5th place on the novice level at the US championships in 2006.[2] In 2007, he finished in 16th place on the junior level at the U.S. Championships.[2]

He continued to compete in both sports until 2008. That year, he fractured his back, fracturing the right and left of his L5 lumbar vertebrae, had to spend four months in a body cast and seven months in physical therapy, and was required to stay off the ice for a year.[2][5][6][7]

He later moved from Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had skated at Alltell Ice Den, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train at the Broadmoor Skating Club and the World Arena.[2][6] There, he picked Tom Zakrajsek as his head coach and Christy Krall on some small techniques.[2] Zakrajsek describes Aaron as a strong jumper who jumps high, skates very fast with tremendous power, and has the ability to compete very closely to what he trains.[2]

2010–present; US Championship[edit]

A year after his back injury, during the 2009–10 season, Aaron won the bronze medal at the U.S. national junior championships.[2] In 2011, he won a silver medal at the SBC Cup in Karuizawa, Japan.[2] He then won the national junior title, while at the same championships his younger sister Madeline won the novice pairs title with her partner and his older sister Molly finished in 11th place in senior pairs.[2] He then competed in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, and placed 5th.[2]

Aaron won gold at the 2012 U.S. International Classic.[8] He took silver at the 2012 Cup of Nice.[9]

At the age of 20 years old, Aaron won the 2013 U.S. Championships.[10][11] He opened his “West Side Story” free skate with a quad (a figure skating jump with four or more, but fewer than fifty, revolutions) Salchow jump (a jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge of one foot, a rotation in the air made in the direction of the curve of the take-off edge, and a landing on the back outside edge of the foot opposite the one used for take-off, with perhaps one or more rotations in the air)-double toe and a quad Salchow.[5][12] He ended his program with six triple jumping passes in bonus time.[5][12] He finished with 255 points overall, ahead of silver medalist Ross Miner and three-time winner Jeremy Abbott.[11]

Aaron made his Grand Prix debut at the 2013 Skate America. In sixth place after the short, he placed second in the free and pulled up to win the bronze medal behind winner Tatsuki Machida and silver medalist Adam Rippon. He placed 7th and the NHK Trophy. At the 2014 US Nationals, he placed third and was named to the team for the World Championships, where he placed 8th. Together with Jeremy Abbott's 5th place finish, they gained the third spot back for the US Men.[13]

On June 28, 2014, it was announced that Aaron had been named to Skate Canada and Rostelecom Cup for the 2014-15 Grand Prix season.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Aaron was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Mindy, a nurse, and Neil, a pediatrician.[7][15] His younger sister Madeline (2013 US junior bronze medalist) and older sister Molly have also competed in figure skating.[4][16] Max Aaron is dating fellow figure skater, Gracie Gold. [17]

He is Jewish, and was raised in a traditionally Conservative Jewish home.[4][4] He said:

I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration. I always thought the list needed to be longer. We needed to have a stronger representation of Jewish athletes, and I’m so happy that I’m part of them now.[4]

During high school, Aaron received the Principal's List Award and was on honor roll for four years. After attending Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, he graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 2010.[7] He currently studies at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he is considering a major in business.[2][4]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Once Upon a Time

Competitive highlights[edit]


Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Worlds 7th 8th
Four Continents 4th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Skate America 3rd
Cup of Nice 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
U.S. Classic 1st 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 5th
JGP Final 4th
JGP France 3rd
JGP Japan 2nd
Gardena 2nd J.
U.S. Champ. 3rd J. 1st J. 8th 1st 3rd
Midwest. Sect. 2nd J.
Southwest. Reg. 1st J. 1st J.
Team events
World Team Trophy 1T / 4P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.


National or North American
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
U.S. Championships 5th N. 13th J.
U.S. Jr. Championships 1st Ju. 3rd I.
NACS, Pittsburgh 8th N.
Midwestern Sectionals 8th J.
Pacific Coast Sect. 2nd N. 1st J.
Southwest Pacific Reg. 9th Ju. 1st Ju. 1st I. 1st N. 2nd J.
Levels: Ju. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Max AARON: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Walker, Elvin (May 15, 2011). "Aaron starts to hit his stride". Golden Skate. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Brodie, Rob (March 16, 2013). "Max Aaron: Hockey and Figure Skating". IFS Magazine. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Lieber, Chavie (February 19, 2013). "Inspired by past Jewish stars, champion skater Max Aaron eyes Sochi Olympics". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 
  5. ^ a b c d Rosewater, Amy (March 7, 2013). "Max Aaron: All In For Sochi". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Metcalfe, Jeff (January 28, 2013). "Arizona native Max Aaron goes from the brink of quitting to U.S. figure skating champion". 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Skaters: Max Aaron". Ice Network. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 15, 2012). "Aaron rumbles with quad Salchow, eight triples". IceNetwork. 
  9. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (January 21, 2013). "Road to Omaha: Aaron will leave nothing on table". Ice Network. 
  10. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (January 27, 2013). "Max Aaron lands two quads, wins first U.S. title". USA Today. 
  11. ^ a b Armour, Nancy (January 28, 2013). "Max Aaron wins first US Figure Skating Championships title". Associated Press ( Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Metcalfe, Jeff (January 28, 2013). "Scottsdale's Max Aaron wins U.S. Figure Skating senior men’s championship". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "US Men gain ground in World Figure Skating". March 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15 - Men". June 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Skaters: Madelina Aaron / Max Settlage". Ice Network. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ Felton, Renee (January 26, 2011). "Another day, another title for Aaron family". IceNetwork. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Gracie Gold Height Weight Body Statistics". HealthyCeleb. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Rosewater, Amy (May 21, 2013). "Hard-working Aaron aims to modernize 'Carmen'". IceNetwork. 
  19. ^ "Max AARON: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Max AARON: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Max AARON". International Skating Union. 

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